Michael Lafferty officially confirmed on Friday morning during the first day of the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini that he will be running an all-new British team in the Moto3 class for the MotoGP World Championship next season; VisionTrack Honda Racing Team.
The rumor has been around for quite some time, but the bullet is now final in the church. Former British MotoGP and Superbike racer, current BT Sport commentator and FIM Endurance World Championship racer Michael Lafferty will be managing a team in the Moto3 class of the MotoGP World Championship from 2022. Laverty handles the equipment and a significant portion of the personnel from the current Petronas Sprinta Racing team. The new British team, an extension of the MLav VisionTrack Academy, aims to give young British road racing talent a chance in the lightest class of the MotoGP World Championship.
In addition to the two young British drivers, the VisionTrack Honda Racing team will consist primarily of British engineers, technicians and support staff, with the Northern Irishman taking charge of the new project as team owner, a project funded in part with financial support from Dorna Sports.
Michael Lafferty: “The road to the top of motorcycling is not easy for any driver, but for some time it has been very difficult for British talent without a local team competing at the highest level. Too often young British drivers are overlooked due to a lack of sponsorship or financial support. Thanks to the existing structure. Priority and main sponsor, VisionTrack, already in place, we know there is a lot of talent waiting for the opportunity.We believe we can provide them with a more supportive track for Grand Prix racing with VisionTrack Honda Racing Team.The UK has a rich history of success in two-wheeled Grand Prix racing, and our goal is to help change the future by providing a path for our talented youth to the world’s premier motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP World Championships.”
Although there are no official announcements about the drivers the team will start with next season, current Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup driver Scott Ogden and compatriot Josh Whatley appear to be the main candidates to make their team debut in 2022. In the Moto3 class of the MotoGP World Championships.
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